Q4 Editor's Column

Intellectual Property and Technology News

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One could be forgiven if, at the close of a year which didn't permit us to catch our breath – and at times was downright frenetic – the significance of nuance, context and to-the-minute reporting on the IP and Technology sectors was lost in the sturm und drang. This year, we choose to finish as we began: strong and on point, with curated content and essential comment for our readership.

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In this month's feature article, Jennifer Feldman and Leanne Mancari, co-chairs of DLA Piper's eDiscovery and Information Management practice, deliver an instructive study of eDiscovery rules, blending Lynyrd Skynrd and the requirement to preserve the texts of a third party.

Cybersecurity and data protection continue to be at the fore from a risk management standpoint, not only domestically but also around the globe. Scott Thiel, Carolyn Bigg, Paula Cao and Lauren Hurcombe address recent changes to related laws in Asia and the marked increase in enforcement of the PRC Cybersecurity Law (which has proven a trap for unwary businesses operating in China), as well as changes to similar laws in Singapore.

Finally, in our Supreme Court Corner, Stan Panikowski and Brian Biggs dial in multiple patent matters, including covering November oral arguments involving a challenge to inter partes review and an interpretation of the America Invents Act regarding the issuance of final written decisions. In addition, they tee up two matters with cert pending on the issue of the proper scope for covered business method reviews.

We at DLA Piper are pleased to continue bringing you the best content on the most timely topics. We trust that your year has been productive and wish you the best for a brilliant new year.

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Ric Flaggert
Partner, Intellectual Property and Technology
Editor in Chief, Intellectual Property and Technology News